9 interesting facts about Agumbe

9 Interesting facts about Agumbe:    

Interesting facts about Agumbe

India is home to the Western Ghats that spring during monsoon. Western ghats had spread over Maharashtra & Karnataka states of country India. Agumbe is Nestled among these western Ghats. It is one of the most ‘Wettest place in India’, which makes a delightful monsoon holiday destination. It is easy to reach here by road, Agumbe to Bangalore distance is around 363kms. There are many interesting facts about Agumbe Shimoga that you must know.
Agumbe is a small village located in Shivamogga district, Thirthahalli Taluk, Karnataka state. Agumbe sometimes is also called “The Chirapunji of the South” or “Karnataka’s Chirapunji” as it receives the 2nd highest rainfall in India.
Agumbe is not only known for Scenic beauty & tourism, but we will also now know the interesting facts about Agumbe.

1. Agumbe has India’s first sole permanent rainforest research station:

Agumbe Rainforest Research station

The Agumbe Rain Forest Research Station(ARRS) was founded in 2005 by Romulus Whitaker, a herpetologist. (Whitaker had been familiar with Agumbe since the 1970s when he began studying the King Cobra.[22] Its purpose is to create a local biodiversity database, encourage individual scientific research, collaborate with India’s Department of Forestry and conserve the rainforest of the Western Ghats as well as to educate the residents of the region in the importance of forestry conservation. The King Cobra, an endangered species is the station’s “flagship species”.[5] The station occupies an area of 8 acres (32,000 m2).
Agumbe is home to India’s sole permanent rainforest research station equipped with India’s first automatic weather station. The station exclusively monitors changes in rain forests. The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station has pioneered the world’s first radio-telemetry project on the King Cobra.

2. Medicinal plants conservation Area:

Agumbe is home to several rare species of medicinal plants like Garcinia, Myristica, Listsaea, Diospyros, Hoiligarna, Hygroaster, Meliola, Tarenna, Eugenia and Ficus & many more. Agumbe forms part of the largest contiguous forest stretches left in India.
The Agumbe Medicinal Plants Conservation Area (MPCA) was established in 1999 to protect the important medicinal plants of the region. The “Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions” (FRLHT) recorded 371 plant species in the MPCA at Agumbe, of which 182 were medicinal.

ARRS Base Camp

3. Fauna:

Agumbe provides varieties of mammals, Amphibians & Reptiles, Birds, Insects & marine species. Mammals include endangered ‘lion-tailed macaque, tiger leopard, sambar, giant squirrel, dhole-a wild dog of India, Gaur- the Indian Bison & barking deer.

4. Agumbe King Cobra Capital:

King cobra capital

Agumbe is also called King Cobra capital because of the high number of snakes of the speces being found here. Interestingly, despite the high density of King Cobras in the region, incidents of snake-human conflict are rare.

Short film by Romulus Whitaker

The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station has pioneered the world’s first radio-telemetry project on the King Cobra. Insights gained from the ecological study are being put into practice into King Cobra management. There is a film broadcast-ed based on Agumbe in BBC2 called “one million snake bites” by Romulus Whitaker.

5. Agumbe receives the 2nd highest rainfall in India:


Agumbe is one of the Wettest place in India which receives the 2nd highest rainfall. It receives an annual rainfall of 7620mm. The highest recorded rainfall in a single month is 4508mm August in 1946

6. Waterfalls:

Waterfalls near Agumbe

Agumbe is home to a number of waterfalls. Due to heavy rainfall, Agumbe is full of beautiful streams & breathtaking waterfalls, which includes
Barkana falls– It is 10th highest waterfalls in India. The viewing point for the Barkana Falls is about 4 km from the end of the approaching vehicle track.,

Onake Abbi falls- It is smaller than Barkana falls. In the Kannada language “onake” means ‘pounding stick’, an instrument used by villagers to pound grains to flour. Trekking for 5 km through the rainforest is needed in order to reach a view of the falls.
Jogi gundi falls– Jogigundi is a small waterfall near Agumbe. This is about 800m deep. It is usually filled with water.
Koodlu theertha falls– Koodlu Theerthra waterfall is located 20 km from Agumbe.

7. Temperature:

Maximum temperature is between 24.4 to 31.5degree Celsius
Minimum temperature is between 16.2 to 21.4 degree Celsius. April is the hottest month in the year & December is the coolest month. The lowest recorded temperature was 3.2degrees in 1975 & the highest is 37.5 degrees in 2008-09.

8. Sunset Point- Tourism & Trekking:

Sunset point- Agumbe
Sunset point- Agumbe

Agumbe is literally famous for Sunset point, where there is a gallery erected to view a magnificent sunset with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Travellers passing by Agumbe will wait till the evening to see the beauty of the sunset.
Well, there are monkeys around, so be cautious about you & your belongings.

9. Malgudi days was shot in Agumbe:

Malgudi days househttps://shimogasiri.com/malgudi-days-shankar-nags-dream-came-true-in-shivamogga/
Well, You may remember watching Malgudi Days on TV when you were growing up. Malgudi Days (1985) is a television serial directed by Shankar Nag. It was based on novels written by R. K. Narayan. Many episodes were filmed in Agumbe.[39] In 2004, a new set of episodes of Malgudi Days was filmed at Agumbe by Kavitha Lankesh (director).

How to reach Agumbe:

Agumbe is well connected by road. It is around 92kms from Shivamogga. From Bangalore it is 363kms. There are many private buses travel between Shivamogga & Udupi, Mangalore. So it is very easy to reach the destination.
Nearest railway station would be Udupi railway station. But there are many trains available from Bangalore & Mysore to Shivamogga. So plan according to your needs.
Nearest Airport is Mangalore International Airport.

Hotels & Accommodations at Agumbe:

One can find local hotels on the road from Shivamogga to Agumbe & Udupi. It is a small village and has limited accommodations available. Except that nearest place to stay is Udupi which offers both luxury & budget hotels.

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